Festivals Around The World In May

FestivalsHairy beasts, food, stars and music all make up this month’s festivals. Check out the best festivals around the world for the month of May.

Cinco De Mayo, May 5, Mexico

This might just be the most well-known festival on the list. Cinco De Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over France in 1862. The main festivities consist of an endless parade and literally thousands of food stands. While this festival is only technically one day, there are events that last throughout the month of May that include concerts and dances as well as art exhibitions. After festival goers are finished with this event, they typically go to the Puebla State Fair which occurs around the same time.

Mawazine, May 20-28, Morocco

This somewhat controversially event takes place in Rabat. It attracts more than 2 million people, which is about 3 times the population of the city itself. This festival was created in 2001 as a way to promote Morocco as being more liberal than some other countries in the Middle East. The event features over 100 concerts and past big-name artists have included Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones. There are also a lot of up and coming artists in attendance as well who are hoping to get their “big break”.

Sasquatch!, May 27-30, Washington

Head over to Quincy, Washington over Memorial Day weekend to enjoy good music at a beautiful, natural amphitheater. This festival started in 2002 as a way to promote the local music market. Each year dozens of artists perform for a crowd of about 20,000 people. This event is so popular that tickets often sell out within a few hours of going on sale.

Stars Of The White Nights, May 27- July 31, Russian Federation

Located in St. Petersburg, the Stars Of The White Nights festivals is so huge that it lasts for over two months. It includes basically everything related to culture and the arts. From film, ballet, opera and music, attendees can see a wide genre of performances. There’s also a fireworks show that features red sailed ships and a lot of energy. In addition to the art there are one of a kind performers like fire eaters and sword swallowers. This festival started as a way to celebrate the longest days of the year in and to get out and enjoy them before the cold winter rolls back around in this country. More than 3 ½ million people are expected to be in attendance this year.

 

Where To See May Flowers

Where To SeeWith all of these April showers around, it’s time for some May flowers. Check out these places to stop and see a wide assortment of flowers and topiary this May.

Great Smokey Mountain National Park

Not only is this park great to hike and enjoy nature, but it’s also a popular place to see a variety of flowers. There are over 1,600 different species of flowers that can be found here. Many of which are hidden in some of the cracks and crevices of the mountain. The park’s Quiet Walkways are an especially good place to see flowers that haven’t been disturbed and are fairly well preserved.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

There are many different flowers to see here. For those that can visit during the month of April, they can see some of the cherry blossoms on display here as part of the Sakura Matsuri Festival. They can also enjoy performances and demonstrations. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden gives visitors the chance to see flowers as they’ve never seen them before.

Bellagio’s Conservatory And Botanical Gardens

Most people don’t associate Las Vegas with flowers. At Bellagio’s Conservatory And Botanical Gardens, visitors can see such things as an 11-foot carousal made out of flowers and a 26-foot windmill. There are also musical performances that occur each day. It’s a nice place to retreat to in order to escape the busyness of Las Vegas. Now through May 14 visitors can also see the flowers on hand for the Japanese Spring Celebration. There are 82,830 flowers that are part of this exhibit and they include magnolias, ivy, begonias and hibiscus.

The Biltmore Festival Of Flowers

This destination is a favorite for travelers virtually any time of year. From April through the middle of May, visitors are in for an extra special treat with the Biltmore Festival Of flowers. This 8,000-acre estate features thousands of flowers that include peonies and irises. Visitors can also enjoy access to Antler Hill Village where they can tour the winery and take part in a free wine tasting that is included with admission to the Biltmore Estate.

Now is a great time to stop and smell the roses, or begonias or daisies for that matter. All around us flowers are popping up everywhere. No matter where you are located you can surely find a place to see the colorful May flowers sprouting out all around us.

 

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